Remembering PGA of Canada Master Professional Roy Vicckies

Roy Vicckies (2004 image) by Joe McLean

Roy Orlando Alexander VICCKIES (1938 – 2017)

PGA of Canada Master Professional Roy Vicckies passed away peacefully on March 3 surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his wife Aline Clay-Vicckies (September 2000).

Roy was the loving stepfather of Andrea (William Wagner), father of Tara and Marissa and proud Grandpa of Connor and Owen Wagner.

Roy had a long and successful career as a PGA of Canada Master Professional and particularly enjoyed the last years of his career teaching and developing new golfers young and old.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be planned for the spring. For those who wish, please consider a donation to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in Roy’s memory.

The following story appeared in the June, 2004 edition of Flagstick Golf Magazine when Roy achieved Master Professional status.

Roy O. A. Vicckies Attains Canadian PGA Master Professional Status

Roy Vicckies is a twenty-five year CPGA Professional currently teaching at The Complete Golf School in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian PGA awarded him Master Professional status in 2003. This is the highest professional classification that a Canadian PGA Professional can attain and is not given out easily. Currently there are only 22 Golf Professionals in Canada who have achieved Master Professional status including Ray Haines and the late Stan Kolar in the Ottawa area.

Roy has come a long way from his start at Hylands Golf Club in the early ‘70’s under the tutelage of Bud Malloy, who Roy says, “was the consummate golf professional and supreme gentleman.” Roy managed the pro-shop while he continued his education with night courses. Through the years many golf clubs were graced with Roy’s presence as a professional, teacher and general manager including Prescott, Ottawa Hunt, Manderley, Riverbend and Amberwood. He has also spent almost 20 years on committees of the CPGA – Ottawa Zone, culminating with the presidency in 1993-94 and the past- presidency in 1995-96.

Roy is a professional student, who spent much of his time working during the day and pursuing higher education at Algonquin College and The University of Ottawa taking evening classes, with his specialty being business. He has always been able to effectively use his business knowledge while working in the golf industry.

The Complete Golf School offers the perfect situation for this knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. The Complete Golf School is associated with Swing Synch Golf where custom golf clubs are manufactured to fit the student using the exclusive Swing-Sync Single Frequency Matching System, which was co-founded by Eric H. Cook and patented in Canada in 1983. With proper clubs, the swing can now be addressed using the Golfing Machine System developed by Homer Kelly. It should be noted that Roy has a Masters level for teaching this system.

Former Executive-Director of the CPGA – Ottawa Zone and now actively involved in the CPGA Master Professional Program, Don Noseworthy tells Flagstick, “Roy, apart from being a professional deeply interested in the science of the golf swing and engineering of high tech equipment, was always concerned about professional integrity and it was during his term as Zone President that a Code of Ethics for area professionals was instituted.”

When questioned about his achievement, Roy indicated that he was happy, but the impact wasn’t felt until his late mother told him how proud she was for him to achieve Master Professional status.

Roy’s enthusiasm and pride in his profession, his achievements and the teaching of the golf swing was evident during this interview and this writer feels that any golfer interested in improving his or her swing would be well served to look up this Master Professional.

You can read the Master Professional Thesis of Roy Vicckies at this link.